How to Wear Ultra Violet, Pantone’s Color of the Year

So, Ultra Violet was named the color of the year by Pantone. I’m excited to see such a bright color dominating trends. But, this bold shade of purple can be tricky to wear. If you’re concerned about how to ease the color into your wardrobe, I’ve got you covered. This weekend, since it’s going to be warmer, I’ll be celebrating in my favorite purples. It’ll look something like this…

ultra violet pantone color 2018

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Purple blouson sweater | Denim leggings (see how I wear them here) | Loafers

Chloe Faye wallet on a strap | Kendra Scott ear climbers | Mac Heroine lip | Mirrored sunnies

Getting More Proactive About Skincare in 2018

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When I was in elementary school, one of my teachers told me not to smile as much because I’d get smile lines all over my face. I’m not sure that’s true, but it did haunt me. Wrinkles are unavoidable, but since I’m aware of my constant smiling, I’m trying to be proactive. I’ve particularly been noticing under-eye creases in my photographs, so I tried Philosophy’s NEW Ultimate Miracle Worker Fix for Eyes. In just 12 weeks, I was blown away by the results! See why below.

As a blogger, I’m constantly being photographed. When I found myself becoming hyper aware of the wrinkles and creases under my eyes, I decided to take action, y’all. There are many products on the market that promise to improve under-eye smoothness. I turned to Philosophy because of its reputation as a well-being brand. I have sensitive skin, and of course, the skin around the eyes is delicate. So, I wanted a product that would address my creases with good-for-my-skin ingredients, like patented bi-retinoid. The Ultimate Fix for Eyes, which is available at ULTA.com delivers in that regard.

Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker

Last December, I started my journey to smoother eyes. Adding the Ultimate Fix for Eyes to my skincare routine was easy. Every morning and every night, I take the following steps:

Proactive Skincare Routine

Step 1: Wash my face with a gentle cleanser

Step 2: Apply a rosewater and tea tree oil toner

Step 3: Moisturize with my go-to face cream

Step 4: Use my fingers to apply the Ultimate Fix for Eyes under my eyes.

After one day of using the Philosophy product, I could see it working. My under eyes appeared smoother. Was this really happening? It was!

After only 12 days, my dry skin in that area appeared more plump and hence less rough. The changes were subtle, but they had such a huge effect on my overall look. It’s like my wrinkles became iron flat. This result was obvious in my non-makeup looks (see first image), but it was also evident in my makeup looks too.

Since using the product, I spend less time worrying about my concealer creasing and cracking under my eyes. That gives me more time to celebrate my countdown to the big 4-0 this year. Ya girl is turning 40! And, I feel so much more youthful because my skin looks more youthful now since including Fix for the Eyes in my skincare routine.

Disclaimer: ultimate miracle worker eye fix is a  super-targeted, supertasking eye treatment. if you aren’t an experienced user of advanced ingredients (high potency retinols, vitamin c, etc.), we recommend introducing the product gradually. initially every other day, then every day, then twice a day. discontinue use if any irritation occurs.

How to Look Like a Million Bucks this Winter

Winter, especially the severely cold kind we’re experiencing in St. Louis right now, puts a lot of demands on our styles. Of course, we want to be our usually stylish selves. But, we also have to prioritize staying warm. That can certainly be a chore, but it also presents some cool opportunities for having fun with style. Today, I’m sharing my top 3 winter style tips for looking like a million bucks when it’s freezing outside.

Winter style tips

Max Studio jacquard jacket | Express velvet leggings | Naturalizer boots (on sale)

Gucci skinny belt | Kendra Scott ear climbers (new option) | Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint

1. Layer Stylishly

So, we have to layer to add insulation, right? Layer smartly and stylishly. I’m wearing my winter style formula in this look—tights, a couple tops, and boots. That is it. The overall look is luxe, however, because each layer adds a jazzy touch. My tights, for example, are a standout velvet pair (get yours here).

2. Choose Luxe Textures and Fabrics

From velvet to flannel to corduroy, in addition to being warm, cold-weather fabrics look very luxurious when chosen wisely. In addition, they mix and match so well. In the featured all-black look, I mix jacquard, velvet, and leather. And, the result is a sophisticated-looking combination.

3. Have Fun Balancing Function and Style

Be creative with your winter essentials. Throw a belt around a coat. Add a fun scarf. In this look, I transformed a jacquard jacket into a kimono top. The single-button jacket has a deep v-neck and an open bottom, both features not conducive to the freezing temps in my city. So, I decided to wrap the jacket, kimono style, and hold it in place with a skinny belt.

Location: Cafe Ventana, St. Louis

For more winter style tips, check out this post.

 

Wear this Affordable Shirtdress Here, There, and Everywhere

A polished shirtdress can be such a wardrobe staple. Dress it up or dress it down for any occasion. Add or remove layers to transition from season to season. What can I say? You simply can’t go wrong with a fabulous shirtdress. I stumbled upon today’s featured option in an unlikely place. Get this. It’s only $27.90! Shop it here.

Shirtdress (get it here for only $27.90) | Michael Kors Coat (similar) | Naturalizer boots

Gucci bag | Tory Burch sunglasses | Stunna Lip Paint

This long-sleeve shirtdress looks so much more luxe than its under-$30 price tag. It has an all-over vertical stripe design. At only $27.90, I don’t have high expectations about details, but this dress boasts some chic deets: a button placket, a double gun flap design, a back storm flap, a vented hem, and even pockets. I’m wearing it a size M, and it’s available in sizes S to XL here.

The dress also comes with a self-tie belt. For a recent fashion event, I replaced the belt with my Gucci super mini bag worn as a belt bag. For more on high-low dressing, see this post.

Shirtdress

It was freezing cold the day I wore the dress, so tights, boots, and a down coat were necessary. Such a versatile dress, right? When it gets warmer, I could wear the dress as is or roll up the sleeves for another look.

Location: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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This is My Kind of Winter Blues

I got a fairly warm welcome back to St. Louis following my trip home to St. Kitts. But, winter is showing up and showing out this weekend in the Lou. Cue the winter blues! Talking about blue, classic navy blue is one of the IT colors of the spring. I’m here for that because navy is such a lovely color to anchor a wardrobe.

One of my current favorite navy blue pieces is the Lilly Pulitzer Sanilla dress (see more Lilly styles here). It’s a stunning off-the-shoulder silk dress. I rocked it on vacation, and I can’t wait to wear it all summer long. If you’d like to add some classic navy to your wardrobe right now, check out the curated selection of styles at the end of this post.

classic navy blue

Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer Sanilla silk dress c/0 | J.Crew Sandals (old)

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